VSU Read Fest encourages kids to read - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

VSU Read Fest encourages kids to read

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta State University is helping pre-school children get excited about learning to read. It's National Library Week and VSU hosted it's 7th annual Read Fest for hundreds of south Georgia children.

Reading can take you to another dimension. Where the characters feel like friends and the world your reading about feels like the one you're living. For 4 and 5-year-old pre-schoolers now is the time to get them excited about learning to read.

"I'm trying to learn to read but I can't. When you read it's really learning good," said 5-year-old Mae Cook.

Today Valdosta State University hosted 255 pre-schoolers from around south Georgia for the school's 7th annual Read Fest to promote literacy.

Studies show the earlier you teach pre-schoolers how to read, the more successful students they'll be in the future.

"The kids who get an earlier start on that and who are better readers early on, have a chance to be that more successful earlier on in life. The more kids we can touch and get excited about reading, I think the stronger impact it will have on the community," said VSU Reference Librarian, Michael Holt.

And VSU students majoring in education got an early start on showing the little one's why they love reading.

"Reading has always been really important to me. I have a brother and a father who are dyslexic, so I've always valued the fact that I could read. So I love inspiring children to read," said Education major, Emily Wiggins.

Wiggins says for some children fictional characters are the only people they have to look up to. "Sometimes these kids don't have anyone to be inspired by and you know these books just give them another world to escape to."

For 5-year-old Mae she's already reaching her goal.

"I know how to spell cat! It's c....a....t."

And today these children were sent home with their own book to practice learning to read.

National library week was started in 1958 by the American Library Association to promote library use. Check out your local library to see how they're celebrating this week.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Fire Weather Forecast

    Fire Weather Forecast

    Wednesday, December 30 2015 11:51 PM EST2015-12-31 04:51:24 GMT
    Saturday, April 22 2017 11:31 PM EDT2017-04-23 03:31:58 GMT

    Fire Weather Forecast April 22, 2017

    More >>

    Fire Weather Forecast April 22, 2017

    More >>
  • Rainfall Gauge

    Rainfall Gauge

    Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 1.78"; Normal for the Month 3.70"; Yearly Total 14.80"; -/+ Year to Date -2.21".

    More >>

    Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 1.76"; Normal for the Month 3.70"; Yearly Total 14.80"; -/+ Year to Date -2.21".

    More >>
  • APD hosts yard sale for officer, announces future event

    APD hosts yard sale for officer, announces future event

    Saturday, April 22 2017 6:36 PM EDT2017-04-22 22:36:44 GMT
    Officers held a yard sale Saturday morning. (Source: WALB)Officers held a yard sale Saturday morning. (Source: WALB)

    Folks at the Albany Police Department want to thank the community for participating in a yard sale Saturday. Members of the department held the sale at Veteran's Park in downtown Albany. 

    More >>

    Folks at the Albany Police Department want to thank the community for participating in a yard sale Saturday. Members of the department held the sale at Veteran's Park in downtown Albany. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly